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Downshifting Sometimes IS the Solution

Downshifting Sometim...

Vacation is what you take when you can’t take what you’ve been taking any longer. – Lion from Wizard of Oz Time to hang up the Wii remote and put away Super Mario Galaxy 2.  Life starts up again tomorrow.  Eli is back to school.  Marc will be back to the warehouse. ...
Name That Casserole

Name That Casserole...

As you can tell by the name of this entry, tonight’s dinner is still in search of a name.  It’s the new year, 2011,  and I while I make mental goals each year of upcoming goals I’d like to achieve, clearly one of the items that should be tops on my list is better...
Happy Birthday, Little Brother!

Happy Birthday, Litt...

There is a story in our family that must have some truth to it because it is retold by several family members and it never changes (which for our family is almost unheard of): When my brother was born, he had to spend a few extra days at the hospital because he was born with a clubfoot. ...
Hearts at Home…FOR FREE!

Hearts at Home…...

Mom, do you know how valuable you are? Do the endless tasks of motherhood have you asking, what am I really accomplishing? Join me (Jessica Benzakein) and other wonderful moms for an amazing conference that has been transforming women in all ages and stages of motherhood. The North...
Got Art?

Got Art?...

My son loves to create pieces of art… ok, pieces of art might be a stretch because often times the page will have a single colored line going down it and he considers the piece finished… wait, on second thought, I’ve seen some really strange stuff in galleries and...
Let He Who Is Perfect Cast The First Stone

Let He Who Is Perfec...

Sorry it’s been a while since I published anything… no, I wasn’t abducted by aliens, nor did I run off and join a circus (I didn’t have to run off – the circus came to me!)…life has been B-U-S-Y!  I do have some updates that I hope to get up this...
Pantry Party… Well, Sort Of…

Pantry Party… ...

On Monday, my friend, Eileen, messaged me via Facebook and on my cell to see if I had any canned pumpkin for an experimental cake she was making.  (My friend is an awesome caketeer!  More about that another time.)  Anyways, I had to confess to her that I did have one can left...
Be the Buffalo and Ask the Turtle

Be the Buffalo and A...

I was reading a magazine the other day…well, reading might be a stretch since most of my reading takes place in the only room I can get a few moments of peace and quiet – the bathroom – but my time in there has to be limited (or else the 5 yr old starts to search...
Thankful Tuesday – Dinga de Dinga Dong

Thankful Tuesday ...

This entry is part of Everyday Gyaan’s Thankful Tuesday Blog Hop…  At the end of the post, feel free to check out other entries and/or add your own!  My husband’s birthday was July 1st and while I threw together a very impromptu dinner (“Haystacks”) and bought...
This Is Great, But…

This Is Great, But&#...

Too many people miss the silver lining because they’re expecting gold. – Maurice Selter We love food in the Benzakein household.  Eli will often come and ask me what healthy food he can eat in order to have the junk food that he really wants.  There have been times...
Random Items In My House

Random Items In My H...

I’ve been sitting here for almost an hour trying to come up with something to post.  I’ve come up with some really good ideas, but they all required additional thought, soul searching, confessions, organization in general… And so I continued to sit here. While...
We Are Family

We Are Family...

During difficult times in life, who has supported you, or have you supported? [I tried to write this blog entry last night, but my 4 month old daughter, Brenna, had other ideas – namely that she would stay up way, way past her bedtime and then only sleep so long as I held her and...
The Wisdom of Listening

The Wisdom of Listen...

Wisdom has two parts:  1) Having a lot to say 2) Not saying it. – Church billboard in Vermont There are days when I have the gift of gab.  On those days, I am funny.  I am quick with the one-liners.  I am a source of knowledge and understanding.  On those days, I am warm and...
Help me feed babies in Africa!

Help me feed babies ...

So, I was on twitter just a few moments ago, and WeAreTHATFamily sent out this tweet:  (Caps are my doing)  FOR THE NEXT 30 HOURS, WE’LL BE SAVING THE LIVES OF ORPHANED BABIES IN AFRICA.  READY.  SET.  GO. I went to her blog post, and immediately opened up my WordPress...